Bangkok 2016: Hua Mum Market

Not one that is known to tourists, Hua Mum Market caters mostly to the local crowds. Most of the vendors don’t speak much of English, this market is where your sign language, calculator and Google Translate are useful. According to its Facebook Page, the market was launched on 1 September 2015.

The good thing is Hua Mum is a short cab ride (10 mins) from Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin) so I’d suggest to check out both markets on the same night.

The market is sprawling, and frankly, quite huge.

The funny thing is as compared to the other night markets in Bangkok I have been to, the price point of this market is much higher than the rest.

The set up seems semi-permanent. There are bars and restaurants on one end.

The market is divided into two sections: one side is more free and easy.

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Bangkok 2016: Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)

Yes, following the success of Talad Rod Fai 1 (Srinakarin) and Talad Rod Fai 2 (Ratchada), Talad Rod Fai 3, Train Night Market (Kaset-Nawamin) is up.

P.S. If you go to Talad Rod Fai 3, you should go to Hua Mum Market too as it is a short 10-15mins cab ride away.

For more night markets, refer to my round up list or find them on my Bangkok Google Map.

In terms of size, I think the third is between the size of the first and second Train Market.It’s not as humongous as the first but not as small as the second Talat Rod Fai. The set-up and layout are similar to the second market, you have eateries/bars fringing the stalls.

In terms of accessibility, it is just as un-accessible as the Srinakarin Talat Rod Fai. From the nearest MRT station (Lat Phrao), you’ll need to take a taxi in.

I was there on a Sunday and it wasn’t crowded at all. It could be that the next day is a working day or because Talad Rod Fai 3 is not as well known as its other siblings. A good 30% of the stalls were not open too.

In terms of wares, the stuff here is similar to that of the other two Talad Rod Fai.

Fun fact: I bumped into a vendor that I used to buy umbrellas from at Talad Rod Fai Srinakarin at Kaset-Nawamin.

No pictures but I remember this amazing Ceylon Milk Tea stall. If you spotted it, be sure to get some of those tiny bottles.

It seems like a permanent set up too, there were a lot of bars and restaurants in containers on the peripherals of the market.

Out of all three Train Markets, I think I enjoyed Kaset-Nawamin the most because of the fewer crowds, more apparel options and Ceylon Milk Tea.

There are two night markets within Kaset-Nawamin area, this and Hua Mum Market. It took about 1.5 hours to finish Talad Rod Fai Kaset-Nawamin on a not-crowded Sunday and I hopped over to Hua Mum Market on a cab.

I don’t have an English address for Talat Rod Fai Kaset-Nawamin unfortunately. I took a taxi from Lat Phrao and showed the driver the location on Google Maps. If you search on Google, the exact name is, “Train Night Market Kaset Nawamin”.

 

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)
Address แยก เกษตร นว มิ นท ร์ รัช ดา รามอินทรา แขวง นวลจันทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, ถนน เกษตร-นวมินทร์, แขวง นวมินทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, Thailand
Opening hours Thurs – Sun, 1700 – 0100
How to get there Taxi from Lat Phrao MRT station, approx 100-150 Baht
Google Map Train Night Market Kaset-Nawamin

 

Bangkok 2016: The Cube Hostel

My accommodation pick used to be First House but after the endless walking to MRT or BTS in the hot Bangkok sun, I wasn’t going to do the long walks anymore.

Enter The Cube Hostel.

The best thing about the hostel has got to be its prime location. Stroll out Sala Daeng Road, turn left for BTS and right for MRT. Both are approximately 5 minutes walk away.

Image Credit: Google Map

Let’s jump straight to the rooms because that’s what you’re concerned with most right?

Dorms are accessible via key card only

I stayed in an 8-bed female dormitory. 4 nights cost me approximately S$80.

The facilities include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Personal + luggage (mid-sized) lockers
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (Shower gel + shampoo)
  • Free wifi in all areas (but don’t expect fibre speed)

Each dorm requires a key card access. But this does not mean absolute safety – read on to understand why.

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Bangkok 2015: ISAO

ISAO is officially my favourite restaurant in Bangkok. It has knocked off Sab Sab pork trotter rice, Another Hound’s prawn bisque and After You’s sticky date pudding. You get the gist right? I’ve heard so much about ISAO so this time, it got right up on to the top of my Bangkok list. It is a MUST EAT I told my travelling companions. ISAO was so good that we went back for a second time as our farewell meal before heading back to Singapore. What makes ISAO so special? It checks off all the criteria for a good Japanese restaurant:

  • Innovative sushi rolls
  • Quality ingredients
  • Addictive sauce
  • Fast and prompt service
  • Attractive presentation

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Bangkok 2015: Cataholic Cafe

I really liked Cataholic Cafe – because it is the only cat cafe I’ve been to where there are more cats than humans. You don’t feel that you’re overwhelmed and also, there are so much opportunities to interact with the cats.

It’s located in this very quiet suburban mall called Ozono where animal-friendly restaurants are located.

You know how some cats feel tired of humans at cat cafes and tend to hide away? The Cataholic cats seemed so secure and comfortable around humans.

I was there about 4pm and there was only one other patron. As compared to the other bigger cat cafes, Cataholic is much smaller in scale. However, Cataholic also does not have as many cats as compared to Purr Cat Club or Caturday so I think it all evens out.

Panorama of the cafe!

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Bangkok 2015: Airbnb review

I usually stay at First House Hotel when I’m in Bangkok but seeing that I’m heading there with Bestie + BF, I suggested for us to stay in an apartment instead. I looked for a 2 bedroom and 2 baths apartment.

I enjoy the freedom and independence of staying in my own bedroom and toilet which means I can be the first to shower yay!

We stayed near Ploen Chit BTS.

The condo that the apartment was situated in.

The check in process was much like a hotel. The owner arranged for the condo office to pass us the key cards. Basically, you show the condo office your Airbnb booking and tadahhh your key cards come.

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Bangkok 2015: Caturday Cafe

Visiting cat cafes overseas now is like my thing to do. Cat cafes in Bangkok are probably one of the cheapest cat cafes globally. There is no cover charge, you’re expected to order a drink only!

As compared to the other cat cafes in Bangkok, Caturday is centrally located and within easy access to the BTS station. You’re saved from the heat!

  1. Drop at Ratchathewi BTS, take exit 2
  2. Go down the bridge, turn left, spot Guts restaurant and walk through the car park

Spot Guts and you’re there

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Bucket list for Bangkok 2015

And so my friends who have been bugging me for bucket list for Bangkok, these are my top picks.

Shopping

  1. Platinum Fashion Mall
  2. Union Mall
  3. Chatuchak

Night Markets

  1. Talad Rod Fai 1 (Srinakarin)
  2. Talad Rod Fai 2 (Ratchada)
  3. Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset Nawamin)
  4. Hua Mum Market
  5. Street market under Siam BTS
  6. Palladium DIY market

Food

  1. ISAO sushi (MUST TRY)
  2. Sab Sab Wanton Mee (but eat the pork trotter rice instead)
  3. Somtam Nua
  4. Another Hound
  5. After You cafe
  6. Platinum food court
  7. Roast

Accommodation

  1. Lebua (if you have the cash to spare)
  2. First House
  3. Glow Pratunam
  4. The Cube Hostel

Massage

  1. Yunomori Onsen
  2. Urban Retreat
  3. Healthland Asoke
  4. Healthland Ekkamai

Cat Cafes (in order)

  1. Cataholic Cafe
  2. Makura Cat Cafe
  3. Caturday Cat Cafe
  4. Purr Cat Club

Bangkok 2015 / 2016: Night markets round up

Update (Mar 2016): Added Talad Rod Fai 3 Kaset-Nawamin and Hua Mum Market to the list!

P.S. If you’re thinking of signing up for a Fitness Pass, GuavaPass is available in Bangkok too so you don’t have to miss a workout.

These are my top picks of night markets in Bangkok. I have been to all of them at least once (or thrice in the case of Talad Rod Fai).

1. Siam Square street

Update (Mar 2016): I was there on a Monday night and there were no stalls. No clue abut this.

Sorry, no pictures here but if you’re in Siam area, you can’t miss that stretch of stalls set up right below Siam BTS. The stalls are mostly clothing and accessories. The stalls also sell inspired versions of fashion brands such as H&M and Topshop. However, don’t expect apparel to be of fantastic quality. I mean, you are paying a fraction of the price anyway.

The night market here is good for a pop by if you are in the area. While you’re in Siam, why not check out Another Hound, Somtam Nua or After You?

The entire market takes about 1-2 hours to navigate.

Attraction Siam Night Market
Address Beneath Siam BTS
Opening hours 6pm – 11pm
How to get there Alight at Siam BTS
Google Map Siam BTS

2. Palladium DIY Market

Capitalising on the DIY scene, you can get create your own personalised items at this market.

Customise your folders and passport holders here. I think a passport holder goes for about SGD 6 – 10. Nothing much to buy here but it’s a great pit stop to make customised gifts. If you’re looking for a cheaper mass option (read: Christmas gifts), I recommend SixNineShop at Chatuchak.

The entire market takes less than 1 hour to navigate. It’s literally a patch of stalls outside a mall set up.

Attraction Paladium DIY Market
Address Outside The Palladium World Shopping Centre
Opening hours Daily, 6pm – 11pm
How to get there Alight at Chidlom BTS and walk
Google Map The Palladium World Shopping Centre

 

 

3. Talad Rod Fai 

Probably one of the largest night markets in Bangkok, Talad Rod Fai is spread across a few hectares.

Like any good hipster night market, there are many things to look, see and shop. The market is chocked full of fashion, accessories, street food and booze. Makura Cat Cafe is here.

Plenty of vintage and trendy clothing here too but don’t expect high-quality clothing. Prices start about 100 Baht.

The only con is that Talad Rod Fai is situated on the outskirts of Bangkok which make travelling a bitch. If you intend to head over about 7 – 8pm, I suggest taking the train and change to a taxi instead of cabbing all the way. Chances are, you’ll get stuck in the peak hour traffic. Talad Rot Fai is right next to Seacon Square, that’s a good landmark to tell the cab driver.

The entire market takes about 3 – 4 hours to navigate.

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 1 Srinakarin
Address Next to Seacon Square
Opening hours Fri – Sun, 5pm – 1am
How to get there  Take a train to Udom Suk and transfer a cab (about 60 Baht)
Google Map Talad Rod Fai

 

4. Talad Rot Fai 2

Riding on the success of its older sister, Talad Rod Fai Ratchada is a more accessible but smaller night market.

The prices are still cheap, and personally, I feel that there is a better selection and higher quality of goods here.

The entire market takes about 2 – 3 hours to navigate.

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 2 Ratchada
Address 10400, 322/289 ซอย อยู่เจริญ, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Opening hours Tues – Sun, 5pm – 1am
How to get there Alight at Esplanade Cultural Centre MRT station and cut through the shopping centre (Esplanade Ratchada). Just follow the crowds and you’ll be safe!
Google Map  Ratchada Train Market

 

5. Talad Rod Fai 3 Kaset Nawamin

The youngest sibling of the Train Markets edition – this is quite out of the way but still a fun market!

The set up is similar to that of the other Talad Rod Fai. It is bigger than Ratchada but smaller than Srinakarin. It’s also near to Hua Mum Market so I’d suggest for you to set out earlier and visit both markets!

The entire market takes about 2 hours to navigate.

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)
Address แยก เกษตร นว มิ นท ร์ รัช ดา รามอินทรา แขวง นวลจันทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, ถนน เกษตร-นวมินทร์, แขวง นวมินทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, Thailand
Opening hours Thurs – Sun, 1800 – 0100
How to get there Taxi from Lat Phrao MRT station, approx 100-150 Baht
Google Map Train Night Market Kaset-Nawamin

6. Hua Mum Market

If you’re already heading so far out to Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin), you should make the most out of it and visit Hua Mum Market while you’re at it.

The vibes of the market are distinctly different from the other Talad Rod Fais and you seldom see repeated goods! The apparels sold are also of a higher quality. Most of the vendors speak almost no English so be prepared for sign language.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the full-service restaurant (think steaks and T-bones) and oyster bars available.

Attraction Hua Mum Market
Address 11 Kaset-Nawamin Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand
Opening hours Tues – Sun, 1600 – 0000
How to get there Taxi from Lat Phrao MRT station, approx 100-150 Baht
Google Map ตลาดนัดหัวมุม

7. Siam Gypsy Junction

A super long one-way stretch of stalls. This night market has plenty of vintage curios, not so much of clothes and accessories, and plenty of old knick knacks.

It’s a fun place to hang out for a booze and spot old stuff. Shopping? You’re better off somewhere else. However, take my review with a pinch of salt. I was there on a Wednesday. If you’re there on a weekend, please prove me wrong!

The entire market takes about 2 hours to navigate.

Attraction Siam Gypsy Junction
Address 965/8 กรุงเทพฯ-นนทบุรี 29, Wong Sawang, Bang Sue, Bangkok 10800, Thailand
Opening hours Thurs – Sun, 5pm – 12am
How to get there Alight at Bang Sue MRT and taxi (approx 70 Baht)
Google Map Siam Gypsy Junction

 

All night markets are marked on my Google Map: Bangkok Google Map

Bangkok 2015: Talad Rod Fai Ratchada

Update (Mar 2016): Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin) is up!

Talad Rod Fai is quite far out of the city. To get there, it’s probably an hour’s journey or so.

Banking on the success of Talad Rod Fai’s, a second version of the train market has sprouted closer to town. Accessible via MRT, and also, open a night earlier (Thurs – Sun), crowds flock to this more accessible market, Talad Rod Fai Ratchada.

As compared to it’s older sister, Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is smaller in terms of size but I feel, the goods are more varied, more trendy and of more appeal to the young adult’s crowd.

The food stalls were set at the side and at the back of the market which makes them easier to find and the market, easier to navigate. Some stalls do have a small section of seats. If not, right at the front of the market, there are some benches. I also saw that some patrons seat around on the raised floor too.

Good night markets use a fail-proof formula: fashion, accessories, street food, booze, live music/football screening, toys and curios. Talad Rot Fai 1 and 2 are great examples.

I was there on a Thursday and the stalls appear to be all set up. It wasn’t too crowded and there were plenty of space to walk!

If you have a few nights to spare and are looking for night markets to shop, Talad Rot Fai 2 is a great option. If you only have a single night (Fri – Sun), I suggest pop over to the original Talad Rot Fai.

Talad Rot Fai 2

Days/Time: Tues – Sun, 5pm – 12am
How to get here: Alight at Esplanade Cultural Centre MRT station and cut through the shopping centre (Esplanade Ratchada). Just follow the crowds and you’ll be safe!